“There’s something about aprons that really evoke a true pioneer urban homesteading spirit.

Aprons are very “eco conscious” if you think about it.  In the old days they couldn’t just up and throw their dirty clothes in a washing machine — it took hours to do the laundry, so aprons were a practical way to keep clothes clean, saving both time and water.   Saving water is a big deal these days, so who knew Grandma was such an eco chica.

Besides the their eco qualities, aprons are so very feminine!  And we gals certainly need a dose of femininity with chicken crap on our feet, flour dust in our hair and hands, well, hands that are on the “rough” side!”   — Anais Dervaes

If you’ve been a long time reader, you know that Sis and I have a love affair with aprons.  ‘Tis the essential wardrobe of a modern homesteader.   I wouldn’t think of doing chores without one.  Seems aprons aren’t considered a fashion gaffe and are making a comeback.  Here is an interesting read about aprons making a huge comeback!   Aprons are now being touted as “sexy”!  (pfffft, maybe they should come out a muck out a chicken coop!) Of course, if you are BBC period piece watchers, apron clad ladies are everywhere!

And even more appropriately,  aprons even are having their own celebrated day – November 23 is”Tie One on Day”

“Women clad in aprons have traditionally prepared the Thanksgiving meal, and it is within our historical linkage to share our bounty.” 

Participation is simple. On the day before Thanksgiving, November 23rd this year, pause in the preparation of your own meal, wrap a loaf of bread or other baked good in an apron, tuck a prayer or note of encouragement in the pocket, and tie one on…an apron, of course! And deliver the wrapped bundle to someone without your bounty… a neighbor, friend or family member in need of physical or spiritual sustenance, a bit of recognition or just a kind word.

“Aprons don’t hold us back — they take us back,” she added. “They honor women of an earlier generation. And those women were doing the best they could.”

— EllynAnne Geisel

Apron Pattern Giveaway!

To enter, share your apron string stories by commenting on this blog entry and you might just win yourself this darling apron pattern from the lovely Long sisters.

Winner will be picked at random.

Contest ends Tuesday, Nov 22 at midnight.

Happy Apron Day!



  1. Jackie says:

    I have an apron with a cherry pattern all over it and I love it! But I to build my apron collection. They can be so adorable!

  2. Carole says:

    I remember my Great, Great Aunt Anna always wearing her apron! She was the sweetest person every. She wore it to do all her household chores. I would love to win the apron pattern. Love it!

  3. Joanne says:

    One of my favorite photos , hangs with a magnet on the fridge, both my daughters, my daughter in law, grandson in arms, and me wearing a blue and white striped apron given to me by my step mom. And where else would we be than in the kitchen!

  4. Ann says:

    I must be the messiest cook out there. Every time I cook without one I get my clothes full of food – I even eat with one on. Yay for aprons for us messy people!

  5. Abiga/Karen says:

    Years ago when I was first married I inherited my grandmother’s apron collection and also a prairie style bonnet.We had a half acre in San Dimas, Ca. and I wore those aprons and bonnet till they were nothing left but dust. Ah well it was enjoyable then although I wish I still had them. I make aprons now and hope to sell them at a farmer’s market next summer,and bonnets too. Blessings.

  6. Sofia says:

    Tying on an apron with my mother is the symbol of the beginning… the beginning of a long day cooking something! Most recently we canned 57 quarts of applesauce in one day… with a little help from my dad (who was NOT wearing an apron).

  7. Paula Sullivan says:

    I think aprons are so practical. I have many, but my favorite is threadbare and I need a pattern for an old- timey style full front apron. My old apron was given to me by my husband’s grandmother who died at 96 about 15 years ago. It’s the sweetest thing left to me by her.

  8. Marie Morton says:

    I wear my apron daily and have a small collection of old, new, homemade, storebought & vintage aprons. By far my favorite is the one my mother made for me long ago when I was ready to leave home and be on my own (a long while ago now!). On a recent visit to me, we were in the kitchen together and I happended to be wearing that apron. She said it made her heart feel good to see me still wearing and using it. Apron strings tie a family together.

  9. Dana says:

    I love aprons! My mother in law made me one for Christmas one year and it’s so cute and fun to wear. I was just thinking about making some more using my fabric stash to expand my daily wardrobe. A pattern would come in very handy!! 🙂

  10. Sara says:

    I alway enjoy when my Grandma wears her apron during the holidays. You can tell she was busy cooking and baking because sometimes you can’t tell what pattern it is. Then, she’ll sit at the kitchen table and eat with it on. I do love aprons too especially the five I got for bridal shower gifts earlier this year.

  11. Kathy Olson says:

    I love aprons! I’ve been collecting (and wearing) them for years. I would love to win the apron pattern.

  12. Natalie V2 says:

    Apron = Heroic Accessory, like a cape!
    I love my aprons. I cannot say whether I would think “sexy,” but they can certainly perk me up and keep me going.

  13. Cherl says:

    I was getting ready to buy a pattern to make aprons, but I will see if I can win one first. They are soooo cute. Thank you.

  14. Lauren-Mae Cook says:

    At times when I cook dinner, I’ll sit at the table and forget I have it on. I have a few in my collection.

  15. mammabird says:

    Growing up my parents insisted on ‘old fashion’ living, not so much for environmental reasons, but we were poor, and raising 3 girls in our culture forces you to instill old time values. My mother was quite far from a seamstress. But her and my father loved there big vegetable gardens and citrus trees here in North Florida. My mother hand washed clothes, walked or bicycled errands, home schooled my sisters and I, and grew our families food; because she had to. My dad loved the Charlie brown comics. Some nights he would build a projection screen on our back porch out of an old sheet, and we would watch the 1950’s Charlie Brown Christmas movies. My mother came accost a Charlie Brown comic print fabric and my dad wanted her to make some aprons out of it. Her sewing skills were less than desirable, but she sure tried. Yeah so what is one side of the apron hug lower than the other, or not one seam was straight, mom and dad had matching aprons, and it was cute. After my mother’s first try at lye soap making her apron was somewhat charred, but she still wore it on a daily basis. My dad passed away in 2003 and seeing my mother wearing the burnt, stained apron when making us Christmas breakfast is more than comforting. I now find myself wearing my apron every day, and after a day on hand washing cloth diapers, garden work and chasing chickens, I have a feeling my will have the same appearance soon enough.

  16. Andrea says:

    It always surprises me that more people don’t wear aprons. I have one on every day. My favorite one is black with solar systems on it. Useful and fun. 🙂

  17. Joy Giles says:

    The only apron I’ve ever owned is the one my mom gave me 33 years ago when I got married. Still have it and use it. She told a story of going to her grandparents home, in the late 1920s, where they had small sand hills. Her grandmother would give the children old aprons to tie around their waists so the apron would protect their clothes (bottoms) as they slide down the gentle slopes. They are all gone but those memories are still with me and make me smile.

  18. nikki says:

    My husbands grandma always wore aprons. When someone came over she would put a clean one on. One day in particular she had so much company and didn’t have time to think about what she was doing that she kept putting the clean apron over the dirty ones. When she asked for another clean one there were none to be found, she was wearing all of them! I have one of the aprons she wore and would like to make one just like it. Until then I just admire it!

  19. Leslie says:

    I just love the idea of wearing an apron while preparing meals. They certainly are eco-freiendly. Now that my daughter is old enough for me to teach her how to prepare our Thanksgiving Day meal this would be a wonderful gift for her.
    Living in Eagle Rock and having visited your front porch stand many times you have been an inspiration to me and my family. We not have a raised veggie garden as well as a darling rabbit named “Thumper” whos droppings we use as fertilizer after his diet is supplemented with our organic greens we grow. Keep inspiring us!!!

  20. Mary Stephens says:

    I grew up in the home of a “poor” country/small town preacher, so we grew and processed a lot of our own food, which meant a lot of kitchen work. We also didn’t have money to waste replacing carelessly ruined clothes. I suppose that was one reason that I started wearing aprons so young. I valued my clothes. 🙂 I’ve worn aprons since I was in my teens and it didn’t really matter to me if they were in style or not. I just liked them. Still do. My grandmothers and mom all wore them and I think my first apron was given to me when I was about 5 or 6. That first one was strictly a play thing, but later I learned the real value of aprons. My mom had a couple that were oil cloth or vinyl that I wore off and on at first, and then I bought myself a red plaid one on clearance from Avon. I wore that one a lot. 🙂

    After I learned to sew it wasn’t too long before I started making aprons from time to time. I’ve even recycled some skirts into aprons and am working on recycling a jumper into an apron now. 🙂

    I like aprons so well that I even named my kitchen oriented blog after them – The Cotton Apron -http://thecottonapron.blogspot.com/ My sister, who also loves aprons, is considering starting her own business making and selling aprons. You might say our family is tied to apron strings. 🙂

  21. Chris says:

    Never met an apron I didn’t like. I love aprons and began collecting them about a decade ago from thrift shops and flea markets never paying more than $2 or $3. My gal pals thought I was nuts. What are you going to do with that? Ummm … wear them! I always think of the person that made them or wore them before me. I am a complete slob in the kitchen when I bake/cook and I’m like a fish splashing water when I do dishes. I need my aprons! I’ve been known to run a quick errand and forget to take my apron off when I leave the house. I get some strange looks, but who cares? I wear my aprons as an homage to my grandmother, mom and aunts; but also as a proud symbol of the homesteading spirit.

  22. Sharon says:

    Our mom has always liked wearing them. She likes being able to take it off and switch from being cook to eating dinner when the meal is ready.

    Besides teaching us how to cook when we were young, she taught me how to sew(machine and hand) when I was five.

    One spring when we were in elementary school, she remarked that her aprons were all looking kind of worn. So for Mother’s Day, I made her a new spiffy one using one she already had as a pattern.

  23. Jill P. says:

    I remember growing up in the 1960’s, when women still wore aprons quite a bit. My mother had some special ones that she kept in the drawer of the china cabinet and put on during holiday meal preparations. One was beautifully embroidered, and the other had a pattern of poinsettia flowers on it. I wear aprons myself, because I am a messy cook, but they are plain, white ones. I would love something a little more fancy.

  24. Ginger says:

    I’m thinking of my dear Aunt Wilma, who baked pies for ritzy Beverly Hills restaurants. She always wore an apron, a twinkling eye, and a smile, as she worked in her kitchen. She loved her job as homemaker, as much as I do. Then there was Grandma D and Aunt Betty, together these three dear ladies made the yummiest plum jelly from the Santa Rosa plum trees in Aunt Betty’s Pomona, CA yard. Of course they all wore aprons over their dresses. I remember when the aunties began wearing pants but never Grandma.

    Anyway, now I wear full aprons with pockets, when I do my morning chores or cook. Half aprons never work for me, because I always get the mess on top. I made a cute one to wear, while gardening or cleaning the chicken coop with brown egg and chicken wire prints. I made a reversible one with some pretty calico. A blogging buddy sent me a cute pink one with rick rack. My husband thinks they are all sexy. Additionally, my sons and husband love to wear full black aprons, when they work with me in the kitchen.

  25. Nancy Jordan says:

    My mom used to put aprons around our necks like bibs, to protect our Sunday clothes from getting dirty. It covers a lot more and stays on as opposed to a towel etc.

  26. Heidi says:

    Many of my fondest childhood memories involve my Grandma Belle cooking while wearing her apron. She helped raise me. I can even remember one time playing hide and seek with my Grandpa. I hid behind Grandma’s apron and stood on top of her shoes as she stood at the counter cooking. He didn’t find me, but I am sure he knew where I was, I was very conspicuous as I peered out from behind her apron and held on to her legs. Aprons mean home cooked meals, Grandma’s laughter and love, and a warm belly to me.

  27. Nebraska Dave says:

    Anais, aprons are not just for girls you know. In the pioneer days the black smith wore a leather apron as well as the newspaper printer. In modern times the chef used to wear a white apron but I believe that’s out of fashion now. Male barbecuers have been known to wear an apron. However, if I should happen to win and you send me one of them girlie aprons, I’d have to give it away :0).

    Have a great give away day.

  28. Magdalena says:

    I live in aprons. As a Plain dressed woman, the apron is my symbol of office, the sign to the world that I am seriously busy at home. I wear aprons shopping or out in the community, and there are those special aprons that are part of Plain dress, the cape and apron. I sew aprons several times a year for myself and others. I wear a working apron over my “good” apron!

  29. Maria says:

    Love aprons! Have been wearing them since childhood. Grandma insisted we wear aprons to protect our clothes whilst cooking and doing other chores. I’m always adding to my collection of aprons. If I’m home, I have one on.

    The other day I ran to the drug store for a bottle of vodka (to make vanilla flavoring) and caused quite the stir when I walked in with the apron on. Actually, I went downstairs – I live above the drug store. My neighbors are used to seeing me out and about all “aproned up”.

  30. Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings says:

    I love my aprons. As a matter of fact I have one on right now. My favorite style is the canning aprons that come up over your shoulders and crosses your back. I can’t stand the butcher style ones as they bug my neck so bad.

  31. Sharon Stergis says:

    I think that is absolutely a wonderful contest. And I am so pleased and grateful that this site is supporting the “come back” of aprons.
    I”ve always loved aprons. They are the uniforms of chores, work, attentiveness, domesticity, love, comfort, food, nurture, cleanliness, unisexuality,and that one means business-power! “Something” is going to get done!
    I presently own merely one apron, that someone who wished to convey that she liked me and show kindness gave me. I was elated!
    This was after I’d been looking and looking everywhere for one and was absolutely flabbergasted that that they were so difficult to get a hold of. It was also indicative of our culture. Especially as I kept coming upon these awful plastic imitations.
    I really hope to have a nice wardrobe of them eventually.

  32. Skye says:

    As a teenager you wouldn’t have caught me dead in an apron, but as an adult I not only find them essential but cute…I have three special aprons, 2 from my grandmother (one crochet and a long skirt apron) and one my daughter made me a few years ago….I hang them up in my kitchen and refuse to wear them for fear of runing them, but I adore them…My grandmother died many many years ago, and yet she always feels close to me when I see her aprons hanging in my kitchen…Thank you for the opportunity to win your pattern..

  33. Debbie G. says:

    When I moved into my first apartment on my 18th birthday, my best friend, Carolyn, gave me a housewarming gift–an apron she had sewn. I thought of myself as a career woman…why would I need an apron? I thanked her and packed it away. A few years later as a newly married, I tied that apron around my waist and made a tuna noodle casserole and a banana pudding pie. The meal was terrible. I packed the apron away.

    When Carolyn’s mother died, she gave me two of her mother’s aprons. I finally understood it…it’s about carrying memories in those apron pockets. I started wearing them that week and they are in my apron rotation now, decades later.. There’s rarely a day that an apron doesn’t cover me as I make messes in the kitchen or follow me to the garden to harvest things that will turn into dinner.

  34. Kj says:

    I too love aprons. My “collection” started with some half-apron tops I inherited from my grandmother after she passed away. Another one was from the 1940’s that I picked up at a garage sale and passed on to my niece who adored it. Another one came from my mother. Some others I inherited from my husband’s grandmother when she passed away. Another one was a gift from my husband. As you can tell, I have several – each with a purpose – some are for baking, some for canning, some for cooking and one for everyday gathering eggs, produce or bringing in wood; and all with a story of women who have gone before me. I love my aprons and as I am able I will replace the ones that are getting tattered but I will not get rid of them. They will go into a special drawer or chest to be repaired or re-purposed and their stories told to future generations.

  35. Patty Collins says:

    I love your spin on aprons–now I have permission to LOVE them!!! I have several aprons and have a gingerbread man/woman set with two matching aprons for my granddaughters Anna and Addisyn. We wear them to make cut out cookies. I am going to make some aprons with pockets to wear in our garden. Thanks for this give-away!!!

  36. Sara G says:

    I would love to win! I have one apron that I wear when I cook. I purchased it at a craft fair a few years ago. My 2year old loved it so much I found a pattern and made him a toddler size one. I would love to make some mommy size aprons! They’re so functional! Perfect gift for the holidays too!

  37. Amanda Tripp says:

    As a child I was always on the heals of my mother in the kitchen. I remember learning the fine art of measuring, counting and bread baking when was only four years old. Anytime the flour came out of the cupboard at our house I was begging to help. By the time I was five my mom made my older sister and I aprons of our very own. Mine apron was purple checkered with my name M A N D Y plastered across the front and my sisters was red checkered with her name plastered across the front of it. They were just our size. Those aprons saw a lot of use in our kitchen through the years as our mom taught my sister and I how to cook. I remember when I was about 12 I suddenly realized that the apron was much to small. I haven’t had an apron of my very own since then and my clothes have payed the price.

  38. PILAR SALVADOR says:

    Aventais me lembram trabalho! Aquele gostoso que pode até”nos sujar”! (daí o avental)
    Mas não é sinal de algo que nos macule, que nos suje, antes é sinal de atividade agradável e que nos atrai tanto que nem prestamos atenção ao que pode “sujar”.
    Pode ser ao lidar com plantas, na cozinha, pintando, fazendo arte… qualquer coisa en que o final seja a meta sem pensar nos que pode nos “manchar”, daí: o avental!

  39. Diane says:

    Bright colored apron makes me think of a warm kitchen, my mamaw, flour, the smells of bread baking, all the wonder of being young.

  40. Jeanne says:

    My apron and me go here and there on our litte homestead
    Sometimes we go to the coop
    othertimes to the garden we go to pick a bit of the bounty for a meal
    Letters grace my pockets as I meander back from the mailbox
    At the clothesline I flap in the breeze after a spin in the machine
    My role is vital at this homestead

  41. Debbie in Alabama says:

    My favorite apron story begins with a game of Dirty Santa at church. Our women’s group always plays at our Christmas dinner and several years ago one of the offerings was a beautiful, handmade, colorful, ruffled, full-front apron. I played hard to get it and was able to “steal” it at the last minute. There were some mad women! Now, I wear it every time I cook at church and there’s always a comment or two about how I won it. Keeps the fun memories going!!!

  42. Joleen says:

    My grandmother always wore an apron over her “house dress” every day. It was my job as a young girl to iron all the aprons and flat pieces of laundry on Tuesdays (Monday was laundry day).

  43. shelley says:

    I love aprons and when I first started teaching my oldest boy how to cook, I made him a batman apron. He loved it. I need to make more of them because I have three boys now and when they get in the kitchen they all fight over the batman apron and I usually end up giving up my apron so we can get on with the cooking.

  44. Hethir says:

    I love aprons too! I remember my great grandmother always had an apron on even if she was not cooking. She would pin things to her apron.

  45. Maria says:

    The apron makes me more into what I am doing in the kitchen since I don´t have to be scared of getting dirty – that makes the food tastier 🙂 And I feel like I am a part of a Carl Larsson painting, that´s cosy.


  46. Mary says:

    Seeing these old-fashioned aprons makes me think of my Sicilian grandma and remembering all of the wonderful smells of her kitchen. She always had one of these aprons on… colorful fabric with rickrack trim around the edges from the 40’s and 50’s. It’s amazing how the sight of a vintage apron can transport me back to her 1920’s kitchen and the scent of tomatoes and garlic from the ever-present pot of sugo (Sicilian tomato sauce for pasta) on the ancient gas stove. She taught me how to cook, and now the smells of garlic and tomatoes fill my kitchen.

    I would love to have a pattern to make some aprons of my own. Thank you so much!

  47. Miss Antoinette says:

    How delightful! I would love to enter this giveaway, you can never have too many apron patterns! 😉

    My mother and I use aprons all the time and sadly since packing all of our things away and moving in with grandpa, I have been missing my other aprons (only leaving out one) and wishing I had kept out another one. Sadly, I have not been able to find my pattern box in storage anywhere so winning an apron Pattern would be so wonderful right now and a blessing to both my mother and I! 🙂

    have you made the Edwardian Apron from Sense and Sensibility patterns? That is my next project, if I can find the pattern that is, or I must find someone I know that I can borrow it from! 😀

    Blessings in Christ,

    Miss Antoinette

  48. Maria says:

    I would love to have that pattern. Maybe you could bring back the bonnet too. Thanks, Ria

  49. Susan says:

    I’ve loved reading these apron stories! Unfortunately I don’t have one to share as my mother never wore one, but I have two aprons of my own and (usually) wear them when I cook. I made one and the other was given to me. Yes, they are certainly handy, especially for people like me who always spill things! I need to make myself a housecleaning apron too.

  50. traceygardener says:

    When I put my apron on, I feel a wave of motivation come over me. When I tie on that lovely piece of fabric, time slows down, and my mind is more aware and present of whatever I am setting out to accomplish. I wear it in the kitchen for baking, or cooking. I wear it out to the garden to pick flowers for the day’s centerpiece, or herbs for evening dinner. Being a stay at home mom, I sometimes think it would be fun to get dressed up for work. An apron feels like my own business suit accessory, and helps me to appreciate the art of homemaking and my lifestyle. An apron to some women is confining, but to me an apron is freedom.

  51. Kyla H says:

    I love aprons! So far my collection includes a green gingham with brown rick-rack that my hubby got me at a yard sale, a pale green with vines that my great grandma hand stitched, a denim pocket with a red-white- blue ruffle from my sis in law, a orange gingham and now a hostess apron I made out of blue tiedye trees with ruffles to wear when my hubby came home from deployment. Which he said looked very good on me. My next apron is planning on being made out army digital camo and will be a halter neck line. I don’t know what accent color I will be using with it yet but I leaning towards a little funky but classic. I am also looking forward to enjoying the Tie One On Day for the first time this year. Thanks for a great site!

    • Olga B says:

      This brings back such great memories! My mom used to make and wear the aprons she made from left over scrap material. I can just see her in the kitchen making homemade tamales wearing her aprons. I would love to win an apron pattern to keep the tradition going. Thanks, I love your website and the story of your family.

  52. Brittany Slaughter says:

    I only recently finished sewing my first apron from a pattern. It’s one of those “functional chic” types and I absolutely adore it. But in the giving spirit I have decided to give it to my little sister who is just learning to cook. I really enjoyed the idea of giving a loaf of bread wrapped in an apron, and now I’m thinking about this for my sis! I know she will love it!

  53. Debbie says:

    My mother wore aprons all the time. She had her everyday aprons, and fancy ones for special occasions. I would love to win this pattern, so I can carry on the tradtition.

  54. Brooke says:

    I love my aprons so much that they are now in pieces and pinned together. I still wear them…they are not as pretty as these…my favorite is a denim pampered chef hand-me-down with frayed edges. I also have a bright red apron, but that one is not faring so well these days (stains, holes, and pinned strings). Despite their age and wear, they have served me well in saving my clothes from messy kitchen adventures! 🙂

  55. Nancy says:

    When I was a child all women wore aprons, from the every day to the pretty ones for special occasions. The aprons I wear bring back good memories; like the one that I always wear to cook Thansgiving dinner in. It is held together by a safety pin, and faded and worn, but I still love it. I so enjoy the pictures of you two wearing them.

  56. Helen says:

    Grandma loved aprons. After she passed away my mom took the special time to stitch patchworks pieces from grandma’s lovely collection into aprons for all of the daughters and granddaughters for birthday gifts It is one of my most cherished heirlooms.

  57. Hannah says:

    I am a Resident Advisor in a dorm at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and recently started holding cooking classes for the residents. In the true spirit of cooking and delicious food creation I wore my full-length checkered apron (my clothes are apparently a magnet for food, so a full-length one is definitely needed) to teach the class. Whilst running around the dorm getting stuff for the class, I ran into one of my residents, a girl who is in a sorority and very much into the current fashion. Accidentally bumping into me, seeing I was wearing my Little-House-on-Prairie-esque apron, and asking why I was wearing it, she exclaimed, “Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVE long aprons like that! I’ve always wanted to get one… thank you for convincing me to finally get one!” Now a few of the girls who attend the classes started wearing aprons of their own. Apron Wearers Unite!!! 🙂

  58. Alice Crawford says:

    Grandma and mom were never without an apron. Mom’s sometimes was a make do affair, a dishtowel folded in a triangle tied around her waist. Grandma always in a cobbler style except for a special occasion where she had a fancy once that was for looks.
    I would love to have a real pattern for an apron. I made mine by trial and error.
    I will tie one on tomorrow for sure. Cooking for T day at a friends.